4-Year-Old Kicked Out Of Restaurant For ‘Gentleman’s Dress Code’ Violation


When you’re a kid, wearing a t-shirt of your favorite tv heroes can make you feel invincible – especially if it’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But unfortunately for 4-year-old Lewis Roberts, not even turtle power could save him from being a victim of a restaurant’s strict dress code.

Lewis and his family had gone to The Tavern at Phipps in Atlanta and were eating lunch when a hostess informed the family that they needed to leave. Why? Because little Lewis’ sleeveless Ninja Turtle shirt was in violation of the “Gentleman’s Dress Code.”


Surprised by the ridiculous request, the family tried to explain that Lewis was only four years old and should be excused. When the family asked to speak to the manager, the manager himself supported the hostess’ command and forced the little “gentleman” and his family to leave.

That event in itself is unnecessary and horrible, but to get a sense of what sort of  “attire” and behavior the restaurant does allow under its strict gentlemanly dress code, let’s look at some photographs from The Tavern at Phipps’ Facebook page:

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As the story hit various media sources, a spokesperson for The Tavern at Phipps apologized for the restaurant’s mistake, issuing this statement:

“It was an embarrassing misunderstanding on our part. She’s a manager in training who had a gross misunderstanding of our policy. We apologize and are reaching out to the family.” [source]

No kidding.